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a court in russia convicts lawyer sergei magnitsky for tax evasion even though he is dead. you are watching al jazeera live from to hot. also on the program -- wanted in australia but now free. smoke were people avoid extradition. thengineer failed to set brakes. new clues in canada about what caused an oil train to derail. himalayan kingdom of bhutan, people are voting for the second time in history.
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a russian lawyer who died in police custody has been convicted of tax evasion. there gave matt nitschke was arrested in 2008 after exposing corruption in the interior ministry -- sergei magnitsky. the story from moscow. sergei magnitsky was an advisor to hermitage capital, and uncovered the largest a leg tax fraud in russian history involving top officials of the mafia. but magnets he soon found himself behind bars. according to his diary, he was abused, tortured, and held in squalid conditions. he died just days before the expiration of the one-year limit that he could be held without trial. he was 37. even the kremlin's own human rights council admitted he had not received the proper medical treatment.
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only one man faced charges in connection with his death, the prison doctor, the deputy head of the jail where he died. he was accused of denying sergei the emergency medical aid that led to his death. but in may state prosecutors dropped all charges against him and he is allowed to walk free. ;s death had diplomatic repercussions. in december president obama signed a tough anti-russian legislation named after him that bars of those accused of human rights violations in russia from entry into the united states. i would thank obama for adopting this law. somehow it will keep my son's memory alive. but still, it is said he has become well known under the circumstances. the law andounced said it poisoned relations. the russian senate quickly passed a bill banning americans from adopting orphans from his country as a means to
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demonstrate displeasure. on thursday, a moscow court will deliver its verdict. the family lawyer says the proceedings have been a disgrace. participation in this process is illegal and immoral. 's mother and iy characterize this of dancing on the bones of a dead man because you cannot prosecute someone who is dead. family has always insisted he was innocent. amnesty international called the trial, the first of its kind in russia i'm a farcical and cynical. but despite the efforts of the russian authorities to discredit the young lawyer and destroyed his reputation, his name will live on. act, legislation that targets those believed to be responsible for his death and others involved in human rights abuses in russia. peter sharp, al jazeera, moscow. a russia specialist and chief
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executive of the henry jackson society believes it has discredited the russian judicial system. >> unintentionally, they sent a that russiange justice is -- you do not try dead people. a first for russia, even a first, as far as i am aware, for the soviet union, going back a little further in history. what they have done is managed to discredit the judicial system completely. but why they have done it i think is more interesting. i think it comes down to the fact that the russian state case itselfnitsky has caused more trouble for russia internationally than any other case in the past 10 or 15 years. including, by the way, the high- profile ones, simply because it was such an obvious example of human rights abuses and it has led to legislation abroad. it is that that the russians are desperate to try to stop and this is what led them to the extraordinary spectacle you see in moscow today. >> a court in indonesia denied an extradition request for an
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acute people smuggler. he is wanted in australia for allegedly helping asylum-seekers sneak into the country. al jazeera's florence looi has more. >> this decisions does not come a surprise to very many people. indonesian officials said they fully expected him to be extradited. but the judge said he made the decision not to expedite him based on two grounds. one, he says the crimes were not committed in australia. abbas is monitored on 27 charges in australia related to three said to have her range between 2009-2011. they were intercepted en route. the second reason the judge game -- gabe is because human trafficking is not a crime listed in an extradition agreement between indonesia and australia. this decision comes as a major blow to australian prosecutors because they have been tried for four years to get him extradited. they have been trying since thousand nine when abbas was
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there being a prison term for immigration offenses in australia. he has been in prison for two years but nothing compared to the maximum sentence of 20 years he could have gotten had he been found guilty of the more serious charge in an australian court. today's decision means he is able to walk out of court. areolice in canada say 50 confirmed dead after an oil train exploded in québec on saturday. the fire was so intense that many of the missing may never be found. aw authorities are conducting criminal investigation to find out why the trains hand brakes were not set. >> daniel lacked reports. was 72 oil takers that exploded in this quiet lakeside town has been parked for the night about 12 kilometers away. just how it broke loose and hurtled toward the town at beat up to 100 kilometers an hour is what transport safety officials and police are trying to work out. there has been a lot of anger here that the owners of the
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train, the montréal main and atlantic railway, took days to apologize and offer compensation . the company chairman also suggested the train driver may have caused the crash by not properly locking mechanical brakes on the taker cars. >> this was a failure of the break. it is very questionable whether the brakes, the hand brakes were properly applied on the strain. as a matter of fact, i will say they were not, or else we would not have had this incident. >> transport investigators are examining the carriage breaks as well as track conditions, signaling technology, and other factors. police are considering laying criminal charges possibly involving negligence. they say that will be up to prosecutors. a worst task of all, looking for dozens of people presumed dead and identifying badly burned bobbies will go on for many more days. a long way to has go before it begins to recover from this horrific event. but at the very least, the flames are out, some people are
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going home, and they are well on their way to get some sort of explanation as to why an oil train derailed and devastated their once beautiful town. the 19-year-old man accused of bombing the boston marathon has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges. dzhokhar tsarnaev stands accused of using a weapon a mass destruction to carry out the attack. three people were killed and more than 200 others injured. at least 12 people have been killed in southwest china after flooding caused landslides. heavy rains destroyed roads, causing bridges to collapse and forced more than half a million people to leave their homes. it is the worst flooding the area has seen in faith -- in 50 years. the u.n. is warning of a food crisis in egypt. showeat years so that -- the wheat supplies have dwindled and could work -- run out in the last -- next few months. egypt is one of the world's largest importers of weed but supplies are down to 500,000
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tons. half of egypt wheat supplies set aside by the government to meet demand for a heavily subsidized bread. egypt food crisis has been made worse by political instability. citywas the scene innasr where supporters of mohamed morsi have been camped out for days. they said they are not going anywhere before the president is reinstated. more from cairo. >> government officials say a cabinet will be formed in four days. these deadlines were difficult to stick to even under deposed president mohamed morsi. that is because ever since the revolution took place, anytime there was a formation of government, a lot of wrangling happened at head of that. take a look at the back and forth before the name of the prime minister himself was finally confirmed. different candidates, suggested different -- different parties opposing the president suggested. a lot of talk about whether the prime minister will be able to form an inclusive government
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there it that will involve all political parties that are involved in this transition already. part ofit will not be the government, although it will continue as they support the efforts of the transition. the national salvation front says it wants to see a government based on merit, based on technocrats and their ability rather than party affiliation. the muslim brotherhood is insisting it will not be part of it is arnment because nonstarter unless the deposed president is reinstated. something, of course, the military and civilians involved in this transition are saying quite simply out of the question. >> next is the world weather update. paperen -- not worth the it is printed on. syrian's struggle to feed themselves with a freefalling currency. that story coming up. plus -- we will tell you why this small new zealand town went crazy over paint. again.o,
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a reminder of our top stories. a russian lawyer who died in police custody has been convicted of tax evasion. ingei magnitsky was arrested 2008 after accusing government ministers of corruption. a court in indonesia has denied the next edition request for an accuse people smuggler who is wanted in australia where he is expected of helping asylum- seekers snake into the country. canadian police say up to 50 people died when a train derailed and explosive -- exploded in québec robin saturday. dozens are still missing. the trains owners say the hand brakes were not set. thousands of people a gathering in eastern bosnia to remember this robin ica -- strip srebenica massacre. they will very 400 victims newly identified.
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they mark the anniversary the day bosnia forces captured srebrenica. the worst bloodshed in europe since the nazi area. our correspondent is live for us from the town. talk us through what is planned. [inaudible] after 18 years of genocide, families have the opportunity to mourn and bury their loved ones. it is very hard to understand mothers who after 18 years have finally an opportunity to bury one or two of their sons. at the moment, there is a religious ceremony and after that 409 remains of the big m's of the genocide are going to be buried. the young this -- the youngest victim to be very today is a newborn, whose remains were
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found in a mass grave year. the oldest one who is going to be buried today was 76 years old at the moment when he was killed in july 19 95. as you can see, thousands of people gathered here today at the memorial. peopleimate is 50,000 are attending the ceremony today. families, there are thousands of people who came from all parts of bosnia and herzegovina. stressould like to people from all neighboring countries and countries in the world. there were state leaders of bosnia and herzegovina and representatives of the international community in this country. their message, more or less, was the same. genocide should not be forget and -- forgotten and it is still a state on the world conscience. the people of bosnia and
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herzegovina must face the future lit together. >> we know most of the victims were identified mostly by dna analysis. are there people still missing? well, most of the missing were foundsrebrenica but there are still 1500 of them which were not identified. it was a very hard and slow process. it started in 1996. people were066 identified and buried here. approximately between 300-600 .eople were identified here [inaudible] the biggest number of persons identified was in 2010 when 775 remains were identified here in srebrenica. vladimir live at the scene.
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thanks. in syria, prices are soaring for basic goods like food and fuel. the local currency, the syrian pounds, lost 80% of its value in just two years. from aleppo,er now local businesses are finding new ways to get by. no longer a profitable business. only few can afford to buy gold. now days syrians sell their goal to survive. he decided to work in currency trading. it is a growing business in rebel held areas. once.'s have buying dollars to preserve the value of their money. -- some syrians have been buying dollars. >> people are panicking. even during one day the flight -- price fluctuates. isthe syrian powell and losing its value. as dollar was worth about 47 pounds before the uprising began over two years ago. it is at least 315 pounds.
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and nowhere is that clearer than in this wholesale market and aleppo city. prices of basic goods, many of them now imported, are on the rise. pound'sse of the exchange rate, prices of commodities are increasing. traders are not helping. they are trying to make profit by stocking subsidized goods. >> when the local government did low- nancy did to a record the government said it would increase salaries of state employees in the military, but because of inflation and the low value of the pound, the increase will mean little to most syrians. is benefitingent from the situation. and it is doing nothing to stabilize the pound. he cause it wanted people to hate the rebels. >> the government said it would take measures to help support -- pound, and it also support what it said was friendly countries. but that was weeks ago, and the pound has not stabilize.
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many people who live in rebel controlled territories are a -- are poor to begin with. the war has made living conditions even worse. you speak to people here and all they talk about is their struggle to survive. and they are worried that the economic situation is only going to get worse and that the value of the syrian pound will decline against the u.s. dollar even further. are selling their personal belongings to survive. his temporary market is where they go to put on display anything of value. says 4ted nations million syrians, a fifth of the population, are unable to produce or buy enough food. and with the pound in a freefall, there will be more syrians in need. al jazeera, aleppo. strategistmist and says the syrian government is getting some help to keep its economy going. but the situation is dire. >> even before any conflict were countries like syria
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largely unreliable. as things stand at the moment, this is a fundamentally a war economy, and beyond the standard things we recognize in a modern economy between production, investment, institutions within has beent, it devastated. i think more importantly, it is a huge humanitarian crisis with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of refugees. many have lost their jobs, their income, basic services have been affect the. is one thingt trying to speak about economic of theic and evaluation currency or inflation, but this the manyne part of things the ordinary syrians have experienced over the past couple of years. in the parts that are controlled by the government, it it is fundamentally help from outside keeping things going.
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countries that are still friendly with the syrian regime. aid thathe kind of they are receiving, the financial aid. perhaps commodities, in terms of energy, that they receive from other countries. ed is really what is keeping them going. -- but it ise help not saying nothing is going through. that is why i stressed the humanitarian side. are we going to see more from that angle and more health coming in to provide the basic commodities, the medical help that could change the lives of the ordinary syrians for the time being? but the sanctions undoubtably have devastated. >> the irish parliament is preparing to vote on a controversial new abortion bill. it would allow women to terminate their pregnancies in cases considering -- considered life-threatening. i'm in status on both sides of the issue held a candlelight vigil on wednesday. the bill was put forward after a
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woman died last year after being refused an abortion. the small himalayan kingdom of bhutan goes to the polls on saturday for only the second time in its history. in 2008, the kingdom moved to an absolute monarchy to a democracy. our reporter traveled to the western town of paro to see what issues matter the most to voters. >> looking around the capital, you would not think there was an imminent election and bhutan. no election billboards, no campaigners using loudspeakers to get their message across and hardly anyone on the street canvassing. -- eligibledent elect 47 members of the lower house. the issues are clear. i-bhutan, the relationship is strong and remain strong. any party that comes to power have to remember this. >> our economy is dependent on our neighbor, it india.
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we fail or succeed based on that relationship. >> the government, led by the peace and prosperity party, won a landslide in the 2008 elections. it allowed us to follow one of its ministers during the election campaign but refused our request to speak about its policies on camera. pt's foreign minister is taking the message to the countryside where 70% of the population lives. >> the last election was fought on personality. the king's own goal -- and a diplomat. the diplomat one. this time the candidates have to answer the questions on issues that really matter, and small gatherings like this. the messages are much, much more complex and detailed. down to the last detail. and how they go about taking this message across. they are engaging with the professionals. >> but nothing beats a meeting
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with people face to face. the president of the opposition in supporting his party's candidate running against the incumbent. see, you but drinking water, irrigation, although that is a problem. need to getelds we the irrigation channel running, and even drinking water. these are things we need to look into. it is a problem across the country. >> in the primary earlier this year, for parties were reduced to two. willing party was seen as a sure bet to win. now the public is voicing its opinion. and neither party can take victory for granted. al jazeera, bhutan. u.s. whistleblower edward snowden is thought to still be inside a transit area of the moscow international airport where he is expected to take up an offer of asylum in venezuela. that could mark the beginning of another difficult chapter in the
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latin american country's relationship with the united states. ariana sanchez reports caracas. >> watching the news and waiting for events to unfold amid these venezuelans say they are route nicolas maduro granted edward snowden asylum. >> shanda has taught us to be humane. because of that, maduro took that decision. plus, snowden has a lot of valuable information, including spying on their own country. it is important to have them here with us. maduro's decision is likely to stall the process that his government started just over a month ago. venezuela foreign minister and u.s. secretary of state john kerry met to pave the way for improved diplomatic relations. they have been strained since inh expelled ambassadors 2010. a pew research center poll says 44% of venezuelans want to have better diplomatic relationship with the u.s.. 23% don't.
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now, many believe allowing edward snowden into venezuela will be counterproductive. no, because i think we have enough internal issues do not take on problems that don't belong to us. snowedn't think having in here will add anything to the country. what could be the benefit? we have serious problems here and the government is not doing anything about them. but maduro has chosen to confront the u.s. again feared many analysts here believe president maduro still needs to legitimize his residency. so, it is likely he will continue to resort to the anti- u.s. rhetoric that emulated his predecessor, late president hugo chavez. throughout his presidency, hugo chavez attacked the u.s. but oil trade worth billions of dollars continued. dependency on the oil trade is key in the face of any measures that go beyond anything
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diplomatic area. >> if edward snowden arrives in venezuela, there are likely to be protests against his presence. he also has supporters, and they are waiting to welcome him. mariana sanchez, al jazeera, caracas. >> china's vice president is in washington with trade talks. met joe biden and secretary of state joe carey -- john kerry. climateent to tackling change by reducing greenhouse gases. john kerry said they must come together to set a positive example for the world. ways towe find strengthen our economic ties, it spurs innovation. it spurs growth, it creates jobs in both of our countries. cooperationen our on regional and global security issues, it helps all of our people to be safer and it projects stability across the world. environmental activists have
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scaled britain's tallest building in protest against oil and gas drilling in the arctic. the campaigners from greenpeace chose the shard in central london because it sits in the middle of three offices run by the oil giant shell. the protesters were using ladders to make their way up the 87 story building. police say they are monitoring the situation. a bit of color. a university of new zealand has nabbed itself a world record while also flowing in massive arty. more now on what turned out to be a messy affair. glance, this is just another night out in a small university town in new zealand. then this. drenched of partygoers in paint in a local rugby stadium. this is a paint party. >> best time i had. >> amazing. so much pains.
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look at all of it. heldmilar events have been across north america, europe, and the rest of the world. they attract hundreds, sometimes thousands of people ready to get soaked in paint. but nothing has backed up to this party on the south island of new zealand. revelers with an official from the guinness book of world records on hand to record it. so, it is amazing -- >> a record crowd, hoping the hangovers wear off faster than the pain. al jazeera.
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